AE 630: 5 Steps to Improve Your English Listening Skills

In this episode of the Aussie English Podcast I show you the Next Level English course and give you 5 steps to improve your English listening skills.

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What's going on, guys? Pete here from Aussie English. Today, I'm launching the Next Level English courses. This a free course, guys, that you can sign up using the link below. And this course is all about equipping you, giving you the tools that you need to take your English to the next level. Okay.

So, in this video, the video that's about to play, this video will show you how to use the 5-Step Method to take your English to the next level when you're using any of the Aussie English resources or any other English learning resources as well, where you have audio and the transcript. Anyway.

Without any further ado, guys, check out this video, but also go down below and sign up to the free Next Level English course. I'll see you in there.

All right, guys. Welcome back. So, in this video, I want to tell you about the 5-Step Method and how you can use this method to instantly start improving your English when you're consuming content from the Aussie English platform, the Aussie English Podcast or anything in English, right, any English resources you can use the 5-Step Method to take your English to the next level.

In this course, guys, you're going to have worksheets for each of these different lessons. And in each of these lessons you're going to go through five steps to learn vocabulary, expressions, and work on your listening comprehension. Okay?

So, let's go through each of those five steps now and why they're so important.

Step number one. Listen to the content. So, you need to listen to the content without focussing on reading. And this is where you have to practice just getting the message, okay? Understanding what's being spoken about and working on your understanding of that material. Don't focus on individual words. Don't focus on grammar. Don't focus on structures. Just focus on understanding. So, in this step, it's important to not read. Okay? You don't want to focus on captions, on transcripts. You just want to focus on listening.

Step number two. This is where you just repeat step number one. Okay. So, listen again, again, again, again, again. You want to do this multiple times and you want to try and notice, did you miss certain words the first time or the second time or the third time? You want to squeeze as much out of the audio as you can, right? Really focus on your listening comprehension for step one and step number two where you repeat this. Okay? So, do this as many times as you want, but repeat it multiple times.

Step number three. This is where you listen and read at the same time. So, what I do when learning French and Portuguese, these are my foreign languages that I'm interested in, I listen and read at the same time and I highlight the words and phrases that I don't know or maybe that I'm confused about and want to check. After I've done this at least once or twice to make sure I've highlighted all of the new or uncertain words and phrases, I look them up online. Now, you can do this with a monolingual dictionary if you feel comfortable, but you can also do it with a bilingual dictionary. And what I do is annotate above each of these highlights what the word means. Okay? And this will come in handy in step four.

Step four. Listen and read again, but this time where the transcript that you have is annotated. So, now you're going through and ideally you want to understand a hundred percent of the transcript. So you've learnt every single word and every single expression that you didn't know beforehand, you've gone away and checked it, and you've written it above those words and phrases in the transcript, and now you're just reinforcing that new vocabulary and making sure that it gets in here so that you can understand it next time you hear it. But also hopefully, so you can use it in conversation next time you're speaking. Again, you can do this multiple times. Go over it, read it, make sure that you hear those words, you hear those phrases, you understand the context, how they're being used, and then we can move on to the final step, number five.

All right, so step number five is just repeat the audio again, again, again, guys. By this point, you should understand 100 percent of the audio file that you're listening to. And it's all now just about reinforcing the vocab and the expressions that you want to learn. So, you want these to get into your passive vocab so that you understand them every time you hear them being spoken.

So, that's really it, guys. That is the 5-Step Method. You can apply this to all of the content on the Aussie English platform, on the Aussie English podcast, in the Academy or in my courses, but better than that, you can apply this to any English materials out there that you're using to take your English to the next level.

Anyway, that's enough for this video, guys. Make sure that you go over this once or twice just to make sure that you understand everything in this video and the process, the way that the five step method works so that you can then use it tomorrow. When we start getting into the content. Okay? And I'll see you then.

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